Derbyshire School staff have big appetite for lunchtime training

Midday supervisors from RDSSP member schools across the Derbyshire Dales are taking part in training and exercise sessions, in a bid to encourage local youngsters to be active and eat well.

Support staff met at The Arc in Matlock on Friday 21st of November to discuss how their role can help schools demonstrate they are providing opportunities for children to enjoy sports and physical activity, and receive health messages.

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22 staff members from seven RDSSP member primary schools took part in the session, including South Darley C of E Primary School, Kniveton C of E Primary School, Middleton Primary School, Matlock’s All Saints’ C of E Junior School, Kirk Ireton C of E Primary School, Carsington and Hopton C of E Primary School and Lea Primary School in Matlock.

The training was run by RDSSP Manager, Janice Price alongside Management Assistant, Eliot Martin-French and Sports Apprentices James Bates and Sam May.

Participants were encouraged to share ideas and their own experiences and Janice talked about ways to forge links between playground games and academic achievement working well in the classroom, including to Ofsted standards; something Ofsted are keen to see in schools. Eliot hosted a team building exercise before James and Sam introduced staff to playground games including Minefield, to inspire them to set up with youngsters.

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Sports Apprentice, James Bates oversees a task where participants had to identify the characteristics of the perfect midday supervisor

Hayley Gill, Pam Amos and Chris Challoner from Lea Primary gave the training day the thumbs up.

Hayley said: “I thought was very good – with some very good ideas. The apprentices – Eliot, Sam and James – were very good. It would be great if they could come out to the school.”

Pam said: “I had a great time and enjoyed the day and I’d now like some new sports and games equipment to introduce new ideas.”

Chris said: “I enjoyed today – it was very good.”

RDSSP Management Assistant, Eliot Martin-French, said: “We run these midday workshops to inspire, support and empower the midday supervisor staff to take control of their lunchtime space, making it a safe, active and happy learning environment for all pupils.”

The next Midday Supervisor Training sessions are taking place on Friday 9th January and Thursday 12th of March at The Arc in Matlock.


For more information on the sessions, which are free to SSP affiliated schools, email Janice on or Eliot on

To find out more about the local schools mentioned above including contact details, visit and